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Lady Eagles continue quest
for national championship

Felicia Woodard of the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles crashes into the outfield wall as she catches a fly ball for the final out in WBC's 4-1 victory over Rogers State in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament on May 15 in Claremore, Okla. The victory set up another game between the two schools later that day. WBC won the second game 3-0 to advance to the National Championship round, where the Lady Eagles begin play on Friday in Columbus, Ga.
WBC Photo ~ Brett Cooper
The majority of minds in the Williams Baptist College student body have entered into summer mode, focusing on summer jobs, vacations and mission trips. However, that is not the case for the Lady Eagles softball squad. The sixth-ranked team in the NAIA is still alive and hunting for the program's first NAIA National Championship.

They will continue their quest in the NAIA National Championship bracket on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Williams comes in as the sixth seed in the 10-team double elimination final bracket. The team's first game will be played against Lee University, the tourney's third seed. The championship round will be played in Columbus, Ga.

"We have worked for this, not only this year, but the years leading up to this. When you are at this point, any team can win it. It is about execution and delivering in the clutch and handling the pressure," said Williams head coach Eric Newell.

WBC won its pod in opening round play last week in Oklahoma, compiling record of 4-1 to earn the trip to Columbus. The Lady Eagles have a season record of 44-7, and they were the American Midwest Conference regular season champions. Williams has been ranked in the top 15 for the entire season.

To follow the softball team's quest for a national champion, check out WBC's Tournament Central at

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